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Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on three-day visit to the Emerald Isle

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are undertaking three days of engagements in Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland this week.

A Clarence House spokesman has said: “The visits will recognise the warm friendship that exists between both countries, promoting understanding of their respective heritage and celebrating the best that each has to offer.”

Prince Charles will begin his trip in Belfast on Monday by touring the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) at Queen’s University Belfast. Here, he will learn of the work done at the institute and CSIT before visiting a labratory to watch a demonstration. The institute is currently researching weather satallite technology. His Royal Highness will also be briefed on cyber security software.

Also in Northern Ireland, Their Royal Highnesses will pay visits to successful local businesses in the food and drink sector. This is quite fitting, as 2016 is the Year of Food and Drink in Northern Ireland. The Prince is a keen supporter of local businesses and food producers and this sector in general.

The royal couple will also host an evening of musical entertainment at Hillsborough Castle. The program will feature acts from both Northern Ireland and the Republic. From the Dublin Conservatory of Music & Drama, DIT Harp Ensemble, the Belfast Opera, the “Folk & Trad” group of the Royal Irish Regiment. Comedian Tim McGarry will also be onhand.

They will be in the Republic come Wednesday when they’ll visit Donegal Town and Magee’s, a company that has been producing tweed for 150 years.

Prince Charles will then meet local entrepreneurs at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Whilst there, he will learn more about the cross-border initiatives. The Duchess will be visiting a local school.

The final stop for their three-day trip will see the couple tour the gardens of Glenveagh Castle. They will meet children who are learning about the conservation efforts being done at Glenveagh National Park.

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